Travel the World: Kenya

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm (during term time).

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 1 December, we’ll be talking about Kenya!

Biology graduate Aneesh will be telling us about his life in Kenya. Currently working for the NHS, Aneesh is a keen scuba-diver and has a wide range of passions, from cooking to gardening. Since starting his degree, he’s been able to add travel to this list of passions, as he’s been learning more about different cultures, food and language from his trips around the world. This is what attracted him to present for Travel the World, as well as his patriotism and fondness for his Kenyan childhood.

Aneesh will be discussing the rich history of Kenya, from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi to the beautiful marine life off the coast. Moreover, he will be sharing with us the secret gems of Kenya, and how to see them; places to visit, food to taste and animals to see.

Come along just to listen on your lunchbreak, and if you want to know more, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speaker at the end of the presentation.

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events
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Travel the World: hiking in Romania

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm (during term time).

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 24 November, we’ll be talking about hiking in Romania!

First year Neuroscience student, Lorena Preda, will be guiding us through one of her favourite outdoor activities – the hiking trails of Romania. She will be sharing some interesting facts about her country, including traveling advice, culture and hiking tips:

“I want to be part of this event because many people have never even heard about Romania, let alone its mountains. This is my chance to show the good and beautiful sides of Romania. For me, my country’s mountains offer an escape from my day to day life. It’s like stopping the time to enjoy the simplest things in life, like a breath of fresh air, the surrounding nature and the opportunity to take amazing photos”. 

Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speaker!

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.

 

Travel the World: Taiwan

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm (during term time).

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 17 November, we’ll be talking about Taiwan!

Student, Iris Ho, will be guiding us through a wide range of interesting facts about Taiwan, including popular food and drink, current affairs / important dates in Taiwanese history and things you can enjoy in the capital, Teipei. Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speaker!

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.

 

Diwali

Namaste! Join us in celebrating Diwali, in collaboration with Bristol Hindu Society!

This year the Global Lounge brings you a virtual celebration of the Festival of Lights, alongside representatives from the Bristol Hindu Society and guest speaker!

This interactive event will be led by students, as they share their experiences and knowledge of this annual festivity.

Join in here on Zoom.

This event is open to all students and staff – home and international.

Hindu Society Diwali hamper

The Hindu Society is preparing hampers for people who want to celebrate Diwali but are away from their families – Diwali is normally a time to be at home and celebrate with loved ones and this year many will be celebrating alone for the first time.

If you would like to order a hamper – costing £6.99 – you can do so via the Bristol SU website. Limited hampers are available; please order by Wednesday 11 November.

Faith Crawl

Join the Multifaith Chaplaincy for their hugely popular annual Faith Crawl!

Typically, the Chaplaincy takes students and staff on a guided tour around different local faith centres in Bristol however this year, with support from the Global Lounge, the faith crawl is going online!

Leaders from three different local faith centres will tune in to give a short talk about how faith is lived out in their community, with time to ask questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about different faith traditions in Bristol and meet new friends.

The full line-up will be announced closer to the time but until then you can mark the date in your diary and reserve a ticket on Eventbrite – places are limited! 

You can also mark your attendance on Facebook.

This event is open to all staff and students at the University of Bristol and will be run on Zoom.

Travel the World: Lebanon

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm (during term time).

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 10 November, we’ll be talking about Lebanon!

Maria Chammas will be discussing tips on visiting Lebanon. Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speaker!

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.

 

Day of the Dead

The Mexican Culture Society and Global Lounge celebrate Day of the Dead
Monday 2 November

What is Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to remember those close to them who have died.

The Mexican Culture Society explored and celebrated this annual festivity with The Global Lounge, with guest speakers delivering live and interactive presentations from both the UK and Mexico, explaining what happens during this annual festivity!

Although celebrations couldn’t take place in-person, the Mexican Culture Society planned a full programme of events to mark this important holiday, which honours and celebrates the deceased.

Speakers introduced the festivity and its importance in Mexican culture, including how it’s celebrated in the capital of Mexico, Mexico City (San Lorenzo Tenzonco) as well as El Xantolo in the Huasteca region. Speakers shared their experience of living in these parts of Mexico and what you can expect to experience during the Day of the Dead celebrations – which lasts several days – including music, shrines, and the cemetery! Also explained was one of most recognisable symbols of The Day of the Dead celebrations – a tall female skeleton wearing a hat with feathers – La Catrina, who was borne from illustrator José Guadalupe Posada.

Let’s talk about food!

Attendees got to find out about popular food, Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) and the significance of its shape and structure – find out how to make ‘Bread of the Dead’ by heading to the Mexican Culture Society’s video on YouTube!

They also talked about a traditional mesoamerican dish, made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf – tamales! Not only available as a savoury and spicy food – but also sweet – this is a popular Mexican food with big cultural importance. Tamales, or ‘tamal’ in Spanish, are even mentioned in proverbs and phrases – ‘whenever something goes wrong, eat tamal. Whenever something goes fine, eat it as well’.

Like the sound of tamales? Have a go at making your own!

The event ended with an explanation of Calaveritas Literarias – short verses written in the form of epitaphs to mock celebrities, politicians, friends and family members! These rhymes or phrases – which were once banned – are popular in Mexico around October and November during Day of the Dead celebrations.

See the full event below, and discover more about this fascinating festivity.

The programme of events:

00:00 – 02:00 – Welcome from the Global Lounge
02:01 – 08:44 – Introduction to the festivity
08:45 – 22:35 – Celebrations in Mexico City (San Lorenzo Tenzonco)
24:15 – 41:07 – El Xantolo
42:03 – 50:22 – La Catrina
52:10 – 1:02:21 – Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)
1:02:22 – 1:12:46 – Tamales
1:15:45 –1:21:33 – Calaveritas Literarias
1:25:02 – Event end

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Travel the World: Dubai

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm during term time.

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On 3 November, we’ll be talking about Dubai!

First year Law student, Tala Youhana, will be sharing some interesting facts about Dubai, including popular landmarks, local hotspots and cultural differences between the United Arab Emirates and the UK. Tala is Iraqi, but has lived in Dubai since she was 4, and wanted to take the opportunity to share her experiences of different cultures:

“It was my interest in exploring different cultures that brought me here, and so I wanted to volunteer for this event to bring my culture to everyone else!

I’ll be sharing UAE culture, landmarks and popular activities that residents take part in during their time off, and will also be talking about the differences between being a student in England compared to the United Arab Emirates. As well as divulging some interesting facts about the country, I will be highlighting cultural sensitivities and laws unique to the region.”

All of this information will be brought to you in an interactive presentation, with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our presenter, Tala.

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.

Day of the Dead

Join the Mexican Culture Society in celebrating Day of the Dead!

Guest speakers will deliver live and interactive presentations exploring this annual festivity. The programme of events includes:

  • 17:30 to 18:00 – Briefing
  • 18:00 to 18:05 – Welcome from the Global Lounge
  • 18:05 to 18:15 – Introduction to the Festivity
  • 18:15 to 18:30 –  Celebrations in San Lorenzo Tenzonco
  • 18:30-18:45 –  El Xantolo
  • 18:45-19:00 – La Catrina
  • 19:00-19:15 – How to cook “Pan de Muerto”
  • 19:15-19:30 – How to cook “Tamales” 
  • 19:30 -19:45 – Calaveritas Literarias
  • 19:45 – end of the event

Each talk will last around 15 minutes; participants can simply sit back, relax and listen – or get more involved in the chat while finding out more about this cultural celebration!

Join in the event on Zoom.

Meeting password: 387206

 

The Mexican Culture Society at the University of Bristol aims to:

  • Involve the student community with Mexican traditions via cultural events
  • Strengthen the integration of the Mexican community at the University via social events
  • Promote Mexican culture, history, art, literature and scientific research within the University of Bristol student community.

 

Travel the World: South India

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm during term time.

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 27 October, we’ll be talking about South India!

Student Deepthi Nanduri will be guiding us through some interesting facts about the South of India, including things like local cuisine and travelling through the region. Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speaker!

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.